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01. June 2023 New: ZWU Water Café

We cordially invite all members and interested parties to the first ZWU Water Café on Thursday, June 1, 2023 in the Brücke at the Essen Campus!
Exchange, networking and getting to know each other in an informal setting. From now on every first Thursday of the month.

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07. & 08. August 2023 Save the date - ZWU General Meeting

Dear ZWU members,

the ZWU General Meeting will take place this year on August 7 and 8, 2023 as usual in Oer-Erkenschwick.

More information coming soon.

26. & 27. September 2023 Water Research Horizon Conference 2023

This year´s topic of the 13th Water Research Horizon Conference will be "river links - water connecting climates, landscapes and people".

Jointly organised by the University of Freiburg and the Water Science Alliance.

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© Ricarda Schmithausen

May 2023 New ZWU Project!

The Covid 19 pandemic proved Wastewater is much more than a waste product. Whether it's viruses, bacteria or parasites - when analyzed, it reveals a great deal about the state of health of society.

A treasure trove of information that is now to be analyzed and evaluated in a project led by the Center for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU) at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE),  in order to detect future pandemics at an early stage.

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May 2023 5th Essen Science Summer: SCIENCE SLAM

At the end of the 5th Essen Science Summer, a Science Slam will be held.
Prof. Dr. Florian Leese, as one of the four participants, will explain his research in a maximum of 10 minutes as exciting, entertaining, funny and understandable as possible. The decision about victory and defeat is up to you - the audience.
Participation in the event is free of charge and admission begins at 6:30 pm.

Good Luck!

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© UDE/U.Bohnsack

May 2023 UDE wins "One University - One Book"

UDE was one of nine universities to win the nationwide competition "One University - One Book". The UDE entered the competition with the book: "Biodiversity. 100 Seiten" by the young author Jasmin Schreiber. 

Published in 2022, the book "Biodiversity. 100 Seiten" (Biodiversity. 100 Pages) by biologist Jasmin Schreiber describes in a generally understandable way and with real-life examples what is behind the term "biodiversity," what the loss of biological diversity means for us humans, and what everyone can do about it.


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April 2022 New project i-Molch launched

A new research project has been approved at the Chair of Aquatic Microbiology, in which basic principles for an ecological assessment of groundwater will be developed.

The BMBF-funded consortium of universities and companies is coordinated at Ruhr-Uni Bochum by Prof. Dr. Tobias Licha and aims to close this gap in order to be able to sustainably protect groundwater as our most important drinking water resource.

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April 2022 Opening Ceremony of the Water Graduate School

The Water Graduate School (WGS) is locatedat the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE, Campus Essen) and provides a comprehensive programme to all doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in water research in the network of the Centre for Water and Environmental Research. 

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© IUTA e.V. / Johannes-Rau-Forschungsgemeinschaft

May 2023 New Name for IUTA


The research institute IUTA has a new name. In the future, the affiliated institute of the UDE will be called: IUTA - Institute for Environment & Energy, Technology & Analytics.

On the one hand, the name clarifies the thematic focus on the areas of environment and energy, and on the other hand, it stands for the expertise in technology & analytics.

The acronym IUTA, the logo and the claim "research, network, apply" remain unchanged.

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The key research area coordinated by the ZWU

One of the greatest challenges for the 21st century is to ensure the sustainable use of the global resource water. The key research area water research established by the University of Duisburg-Essen and headed by the Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU) is dedicated to adress the growing challenges.

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The FutureWaterCampus

The FuturewaterCampus (FWC) promotes the development and expansion of research infrastructure in the fields of membrane, algae and photocatalysis research.

More about the FututreWaterCampus...

Current research projects

Explore our current projects and learn more about about our research.

Our research projects...

German Society for Membrane Technology (DGMT) e.V.

The office of the German Society for Membrane Technology (DGMT) e.V. is located at the ZWU. For more information on the DGMT please visit the DGMT website.

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